Dishonored wins Best Game BAFTA

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‘Dishonored’, a famous first person shooter video game in which gamers play a bodyguard-turned-assassin who seeks revenge on members of a conspiracy which framed him for murder, has been named Best Game at the 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) video games awards which took place in London last night (5th March 2013).

It managed to beat an astounding fifty two other video games which include the likes of

  • Far Cry 3
  • FIFA 13
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3

Journey, PlayStations own title, left with the most awards (5), which included Artistic Achievement and Online – Multiplayer.

BAFTA Video Game Awards Breakdown

Best Game: Dishonored (winner)  

Nominations: Journey, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead,

FIFA 13,

Far Cry 3

Online Multiplayer: Journey (winner)

Nominations: Assassin’s Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Halo 4, Borderlands 2

Game Design: Journey (winner)

Nominations: Dishonored, Far Cry 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead

Artistic Achievement: Journey (winner)

Nominations: Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, The Room, Dear Esther

Original Music: Journey (winner)

Nominations: Diablo III, Assassin’s Creed III, The Unfinished Swan, The Walking Dead

Audio Achievement: Journey (winner)

Nominations: Far Cry 3, Beat Sneak Bandit, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Dear Esther

Mobile & Handheld: The Walking Dead (winner)

Nominations: LittleBigPlanet (Vita), New Star Soccer, Incoboto, Super Monsters Ate My Condo, The Room

Story: The Walking Dead (winner)

Nominations: Journey, Far Cry 3, Thomas was Alone, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored

Game Innovation: The Unfinished Swan (winner)

Nominations: Fez, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Wonderbook: Books of Spells, Journey, Kinect Sesame Street TV

Debut Game: The Unfinished Swan (winner)

Nominations: Deadlight, Forza Horizon, Dear Esther, Proteus, The Room

Action: Far Cry 3 (winner)

Nominations: Hitman: Absolution, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2

British Game: The Room (winner)

Nominations: Need for Speed Most Wanted, Forza Horizon, Dear Esther,

Super Hexagon,

LEGO: The Lord of the Rings

Performer: Danny Wallace (The Narrator) (winner)

Nominations: Nolan North (Nathan Drake), Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine), Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett), Adrian Hough (Haytham), Nigel Carrington (The Narrator)

Family: Lego Batman 2 (winner)

Nominations: Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition, Just Dance 4, Skylanders Giants, Clay Jam, LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Strategy: Xcom – Enemy Unknown (winner)

Nominations: Dark Souls: Prepare To Die, Diablo III, Great Big War Game, Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai, Football Manager 2013

Ones to Watch: Starcrossed (winner)

Nominations: Project Thanatos, Pixel Story

Online Browser: SongPop (winner)

Nominations: The Settlers Online, Merlin: The Game, Runescape, Amateur Surgeon Hospital, Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA!

Sports/Fitness: New Star Soccer (winner)

Nominations: Forza Horizon, F1 2012, Nike+ Kinect Training, Trials Evolution, FIFA 13

Fellowship: Gabe Newell (winner)

Nominations: n/a

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Sources;

BAFTA (2013) Games in 2013 | Bafta Awards. [online] Available at: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2013/games [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].

BBC News (2013) Dishonored wins Best Game Bafta. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21677124 [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].

Guardian (2013) Bafta video game awards 2013. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/mar/05/bafta-video-game-awards-2013-live [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].

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Xbox plan to announce the 720 soon!

With all the hype surrounding the latest PS4 and the announcement which took place last week in New York, Microsoft have indeed reacted to this, although not in the way that you may have expected.

Of course there is, and probably will always be, a dispute between Sony and Microsoft who are the biggest competitors when it comes to Video Game Platforms,  WHOIS data, has allegedly stated that XboxEvent.com was registered yesterday.

Another rumor is that Xbox may reveal the Xbox720 at E3 on 11th June, however with the Game Developers conference happening very soon perhaps Microsoft may decide to announce then.

More will be released on this story soon!

 

Updated 17th April 2013: Please note that since this post has been published the website mentioned is now removed.  Please visit https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/xbox-720-reveal-date/ for more Xbox 720 news.

Video Games and Violence

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Don’t forget to check out my other gaming posts below.

Sony PS4 Announcement today!!

In just a few short hours the world shall lay eyes upon the new PlayStation 4, or ‘Orbis’ if you would like the working title.  I’m unbelievably excited to see not only what this console will look like, but also which of the rumors we will see become real.  At 6 p.m. in New York, Eastern time, 3 p.m. Pacific time and 11 p.m. GMT, it will be time to see the future of PlayStation unveil.  No matter what you are doing, whether at work, at home or maybe travelling somewhere, I recommend that you tune in and watch it for yourself on IGN  (Too bad for those who are in class…however if you are maybe you will find a way!).

Here is the link; http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/watch-the-220-playstation-event-on-ign

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Sony and PlayStation – The Teasers

Knowing all the excitement that is before them Sony have been teasing us.  Lets recap on what exactly they did;

Free Monday – For those who are lucky enough to already own a PlayStation console it may be very wise to check your inbox if you haven’t already!   PlayStation Network gave away $10 to its users (i’m so not jealous!) which they can spend on anything they like within the store.

PlayStation Vita Announcements – Sony Japan from out of thin air decided to tease an online streamed event, focusing entirely on PlayStation Vita, this event was held on 18th February at 5pm (Tokyo time).

What will the announcement unveil? 

Apart from the obvious, that being the latest gaming console(!), this is what I am excited to discover from the conference (in no particular order);

  • Games

As of yet virtually no games have been officially announced for this console, however the games that are announced will be crucial as from this we will gain an insight into what the console will be like.  Titles which have been rumoured for the launch are,  Killzone 4, Uncharted 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3 among others.  Highly anticipated are Destiny, Star Wars 1313, Watchdogs, Untitled Guerrilla New IP and Santa Monica New IP.

  • The Controller

Originally Sony seemed to be heading towards a screen and dropping the much loved dual-shock controller, however the recent prototype which appeared on the internet clearly showed controllers similar to the dual-shock, although it has been advanced. From researching numerous gaming sites they also mentioned a ‘share’ button, which may well allow gamers to take ‘screen grabs’ or video clips to post on a social networking site.  If this is proven true I know that there are some gamers who would take great advantages of this. Apparently we will also see for certain the touch pad as well.

  • Date and price

After the announcement Sony will have to inform the world of its several release dates and prices.  The rumour in England is that it will start from a somewhat reasonable £299.

For more of my blog posts about Sony and the PlayStation 4 view the links below,

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/playstation-4-prototype-controller-vs-playstation-3-controller/

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/

and do not forget to check the ‘Sony See The Future Announcement’ countdown a third of the way down this blog! Currently 9 hours to go! 

Sources;

IGN (2013) Watch the PlayStation Event Live on IGN – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/watch-the-220-playstation-event-on-ign [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Sony Japan Teases Imminent PlayStation Vita Announcements – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/18/sony-japan-teases-imminent-playstation-vita-announcements [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) PlayStation Is Giving Out Free Money . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/20/playstation-is-giving-out-free-money [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

the Guardian (2013) Sony’s PlayStation 4: five things we want to know. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/feb/20/playstation-4-five-things-we-want-to-know?INTCMP=SRCH [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

Top 10 Best Selling Video Games of January 2013 (USA)

The NPD Group have revealed the Top 10 highest selling Video Games sold in  America during 30th December 2012 and 2nd February 2013 (January period).  They are the following:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  2. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)

  3. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)

  4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)**

  5. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)

  6. DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)

  7. Halo 4 (360)**

  8. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  9. Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)**

  10. FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Liam Callahan, who works for NPD,  reflects upon the January period quoting

“With the exception of Capcom’s new Devil May Cry, January saw no major releases to speak of on the top ten, so 2012′s year-end hot sellers like Call of Duty and Far Cry 3 continued to top the charts. That said, new releases did fare a bit better than in past January periods.”

Some of the above figures may come as a surprise to many, with Just Dance 4 beating games such as Halo 4 and DMC, however it is important to take into account the release dates, target audiences and importantly sales of individual games being combined into groups by platform.  For those who love the game ‘Ni No Kuni’, this came close ranking at number 11 however it would have ranked number 7 if sales of individual games were not combined into groups by platform.

Sources;

IGN (2013) NPD: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 Top U.S. Sales Charts for January – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/npd-black-ops-2-far-cry-3-top-us-sales-charts-for-january [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

NPD (2013) Video Game Industry Market Research – Video Gaming Trend Analysis – NPD.com. [online] Available at: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/ [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

Nintendo Direct!

For just a second forget our prediction of Sony announcing the PS4 in less than a week and lets focus our attention upon another major name within the gaming world – Nintendo!

At 2pm (GMT) today, Nintendo  held a very special Japanese broadcast/ video presentation, featuring an all new Mario and Donkey Kong, a release date for HarmoKnight and more, it is time to discover what Nintendo had in store for us.

The highlights

Who doesn’t love discovering a new game or playing a new game in a much loved series?!  I certainly do!  A main feature of today’s announcement, and the highlights, was multiple new 3DS eShop titles being announced during the presentation

Mario and Donkey Kong

The pair are back and this time a new entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, an instant classic, was revealed.  Titled  ‘Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move’.  Altering from from previous entries in the much loved series players will now view all the action in full 3D.  Another interesting feature is we will also have the ability to create our own levels. There is no release date set currently.  Click below to view the trailer.

HarmoKnight

Although already being released in Japan, on 14th March, exactly one month from now, this game will be released in North America…the free trail version that is. Created by the much loved Pokemon developer Game Freak, this rhythm action game will then be released on 28th March.  In this game you play as a young hero called Tempo, him along with his friends explore and discover thoughout music-themed stages. Each level has different notes distributed throughout it that cleverly correspond to the music that is playing. While collecting these notes and following along with the rythm, you will have to fight off enemies named “Noizoids” and choose between branching paths, saving the world of Melodia is your duty. Click below to view the trailer.

eShop Sale!

To really grab our attention (and re-gain it) Nintendo announced at the end of their broadcast that some of the already released games will be on sale. This is a really clever trick into making us purchase Nintendo games which we may not have thought about previously and so our admiration, and their sales increase.

Gaming website IGN quote the following are already currently, or will be, on offer.

Starting Today:Bit.Trip Saga is five bucks off, marked down to $9.99 from its normal price of $14.99.

Starting February 21:Crashmo goes on sale for $5.99, down three dollars from its normal $8.99.

Starting February 28: Fractured Soul for four bucks cheaper, down to $7.99 from its usual $11.99.

Starting March 7:Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword drops two dollars, down to $4.99.

Starting March 14: Same deal for Ketzal’s Corridors. It goes to $4.99, a savings of two dollars.

Starting March 21:Mutant Mudds hits $5.99 from its normal $8.99.

The complete broadcast can be seen in the following link, please note that the complete broadcast is in Japenese however if you have ever wondered what a man dressed up as Luigi is like then it is worth the watch.

Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi Special

 

Sources;

Blistered Thumbs (2013) Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight Hits the 3DS eShop Next Month. [online] Available at: http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2013/02/rhythm-hunter-harmoknight/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) The Nintendo Direct 3DS eShop Roundup. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/the-nintendo-direct-3ds-eshop-roundup [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/13/nintendo-direct-coming-tomorrow [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Joystiq (2012) Game Freak’s HarmoKnight coming to 3DS in North America. [online] Available at: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/12/05/game-freaks-harmoknight-coming-to-3ds-in-north-america/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo (2013) Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi special 2013.2.14. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/direct20130214/index.html [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo World Report (2013) Nintendo Reveals Several New 3DS eShop Titles – News – Nintendo World Report. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/33309 [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Happy Valentines Day

Hello everyone!  Just wanted to quickly say,
 

Happy Valentines Day! 

 
No matter what you are doing today, or who you are spending it with then have a great day!
To all the gamers who are in relationships, or those who just want to hear some great music you must check out the ‘2-Player Co-op song below.  All credit goes to Danny Wiessner for this.   This song features so many references to all different games it is incredible. 
 
 
 
 Also, check out these very special Splinter Cell hearts as posted on the Splinter Cell Google+ page.
 
 
If however you do not like valentines day then be sure to check out our other posts, have a video games marathon and visit this page again later for a un-valentines day post.  

          Remember only 7 days to go until Sony’s ‘See the Future’ announcement!